Training Classes



Just like people, the behaviors we see in our pets are the result of a combination of factors, including their genetic makeup, what they’ve learned through a variety of experiences during their lives and their current environment. Animals that find themselves at a shelter don’t understand why they are there, what will happen next, or how long they’ll be there.

These unknowns can be highly stressful, especially for adult animals and those generally fearful or anxious. We recognize that shelters can be stressful. We know that emotional health is as important as physical health. And we’re working toward a better future for our animals. For years, Anderson has been at the forefront of shelter animal behavior, ensuring that our animals stay emotionally healthy through playgroups, one-on-one interactions with staff and volunteers, and individual and group positive reinforcement training sessions.

Training Classes Offered

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Puppy Preschool

Age:  2-6 months
Cost:  $150.00 for 6 weeks series
Class Size:  4-8 dogs

This course helps pups learn how to be dogs and build social skills by playing alongside other puppies their age. Puppies will be able to explore different textures, scents, and sounds through agility equipment to help foster a well-socialized pup!

Black and white collie mix chasing a ball during a training session

Doggie Middle School

Age: 6 months and up
Cost:  $150.00 for 6 weeks series
Max Class Size: 6 dogs

This course teaches you and your dog the common basic manners cues you are looking for your dog to know! In addition, we will help minimize undesirable behaviors such as jumping, pulling, and mouthing, by rewarding more desirable behaviors.

Downloadable Resources


Body Language

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Safe Spaces

Black and white american pitbull terrier chewing on a yellow pig toy while lying on the grass outside


Crate Training

A beagle from the Envigo rescue effort looking through its cage at the camera with sad eyes


House Training

A tiny Boston terrier puppy chews a hole in the bathroom door in an attempt to escape

Respect. Protect. Connect.

Anderson Humane is continually updating training resources, best practices, local recommendations, and enrichment activities you can do at home. Check back often and follow us on our social media platforms to stay informed on ways to thrive physically and emotionally together.

What Is Fear-Free?

Anderson Humane is creating a fear-free environment. We are committed to providing the best possible experience for all animals in our care; we keep every animal’s physical and emotional well-being at the forefront of all we do. The practice of fear-free methods helps reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in the animals we care for at all of our locations.  
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Anderson Humane

1000 S. La Fox Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
(847) 697-2880

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